Advisor Update October 2017

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

New Membership Rules

Michigan students can now join more than one CTSO! In the past, students were only allowed to join the one CTSO that aligned with their program. Students are now allowed to join another CTSO, as long as they join the CTSO that aligns with their program also.

2017-2018 Membership Dues

The 2017-2018 membership dues are:

Student: $14.00 = $8.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

Professional: $26.00 = $20.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

2017-2018 Membership Registration Deadlines
November 15, 2017 is the deadline for your initial membership registration to be submitted to the National Office to be able to receive all four issues of Champions Magazine and free teacher items. All rosters are to be submitted online at Schools are encouraged join by November 15, 2017 in order to ensure full membership services for the year.

January 15, 2018 is the deadline for your final membership registration to be submitted to the National Office. All students must be paid members of SkillsUSA Michigan by January 15, 2018 in order to participate in regional, state and national competitions and/or conferences. If you have any questions/concerns about this deadline, please contact me!

All membership registrations must be submitted online at Paper rosters are discouraged. Please make sure that all membership checks are sent directly to the National Office. When registering, be sure to also register your section under the specific program name, not just Mixed Training. This information is very helpful to the national office in determining what programs are at what schools.

Membership Incentives
SkillsUSA Michigan is encouraging each chapter to increase their membership this year. Each chapter that submits their membership by the due date listed below will qualify for the following incentive(s). Membership must be submitted online at by the due dates in order to meet the requirements.

National Incentive: Membership Submitted by November 15, 2017

  • As a special membership incentive, register at least 15 student members in your training program plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15, and you will receive a you will receive a free educational resource item, Impact: Experiential Activities that Launch Productive Teams (value $9.95).
  • Instructors who register with 100-percent membership plus one or more professionals will also receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work calendar (value: $5.95).

State Incentive: Membership Increase by January 15, 2018

  • For every five member increase over last year’s membership, the chapter will receive one entry into the drawing for a SkillsUSA blazer, a $125 value.
  • Both student and professional members are included in the chapter’s total membership.
  • Drawing will be held at the State Leadership and Skills Conference in April.

SkillsUSA Michigan Week
SkillsUSA Michigan Week is celebrated the third week of October each year and SkillsUSA Michigan Week gives chapters, advisors and student members the opportunity to promote SkillsUSA Michigan programs and activities at the local level. The State Officers will have special posts our Facebook page at

During SkillsUSA Michigan week, members can also help raise awareness of SkillsUSA. This can be accomplished through membership drives, field trips to local businesses, an open house for parents or industry partners, a visit to local community organizations to make a brief presentation about SkillsUSA Michigan, or providing news releases and public service announcements to local media outlets for possible distribution. More information is available at

2017 Fall Leadership and Professional Development Conference
The Fall Leadership and Professional Development Conference is a great way to kick off your year and to motivate your members to have a great year with SkillsUSA Michigan. The conference is a combination of team building activities and breakout sessions on SkillsUSA with special professional development sessions specifically for advisors. The early registration fee for the conference is $30.00 per participant (students and advisors) and includes registration materials, and lunch.

The Fall Leadership Conference is November 15, 2017 at the Lansing Center in Lansing. Registration is as follows. More information is available at An electronic registration form will be used, so please read the instructions carefully! Faxed or mailed forms will not be accepted!

  • Early Registration deadline – October 20, 2017
  • Final Registration deadline – November 3, 2017

2018 Intent to Compete Form
If your school intends to compete in 2018, please fill out the 2018 Intent to Compete form! This form is a critical component of the planning and scheduling of regional and state competitions. The deadline is October 31, 2017. This form is now electronic and failure to return this form via email by the due date may result in your school not being allowed to compete in some events, or some events not being offered on the regional and/or state level. It is available on our web site at

SkillsUSA Night with the Detroit Pistons

SkillsUSA Michigan members will have a one of a kind opportunity to meet professionals who work behind the scenes for the Detroit Pistons on November 29, 2017. Guest speakers will cover many aspects of the industry including marketing, sales, communications, public relations, internships and more. At the end of the day members will be guests of Little Caesars Arena as they watch the Detroit Pistons. Register early to ensure that your chapter members won’t miss out on this awesome opportunity. The registration form is available at and is due November 2017.

2018 State National Anthem Contest
A SkillsUSA Michigan member will be selected to sing the National Anthem acapella at the Friday Opening General Session on April 20, 2018 at the State Conference. Interested members must submit an audition CD or flash drive of them singing the National Anthem in order to be considered. Student must be a current member of SkillsUSA Michigan and must pay the State Conference registration fee. All audition CDs or flash drive must be sent via US mail to the State Office and received no later than January 12, 2018. More information is available on our web site at

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SkillsUSA Flash

Turnkey Lesson Plan Makes Integrating SkillsUSA Easy

Step 3 of the 10 Steps to a Successful Chapter provides a hands-on lesson plan so you can ensure SkillsUSA is integral to your CTE program.

Use the Job-Ready Day One lesson plan to embed SkillsUSA into your activities. A SkillsUSA chapter exists as a teaching tool where intentional learning can take place in a safe environment. Students are able to make mistakes and learn from them with your guided practice, which moves them along a continuum of awareness to demonstration and eventual mastery-level learning. The Job-Ready Day One lesson plan makes it easy for students to understand the SkillsUSA Framework and how it connects to their future success.

Three unique lesson plans serve specific learner needs:

Career Planning Site Provides Students With Free Tools

As part of the SkillsUSA Framework lesson plan, students will benefit from visiting the Career Transitions site, where they can:

  • Assess their career interests by taking an online assessment
  • Browse career paths and check out videos of real people working in the field
  • Learn to write a résumé and cover letter

With this free registration, students will receive a year’s worth of career planning tools and resources that will help ensure they are job-ready Day One. Don’t delay, have students sign up today to begin to take advantage of these tools!

New Tools Help Instructors Embed Global Content into CTE Coursework

Today’s students will be graduating into a world that is ever more interconnected. One in 10 Americans is foreign born, and local communities — urban, suburban and rural — are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies want employees with the knowledge and skills to work across cultures. Therefore, career and technical education (CTE) instructors must prepare their students to compete, connect and cooperate on an international scale.

A new, free professional development course and toolkit, “Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education,” is available to help. This customizable, 10-12 hour, online course for middle- and high-school CTE instructors was created by Asia Society’s Center for Global Education in partnership with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE, through funding from PMI Educational Foundation. Educators can earn two Continuing Education Units upon completion of the course. For more information, visit or email Heather Singmaster, associate director, Asia Society:

Showcase Your Program’s Amazing Work

Think you have one of the best CTE programs in the nation? Apply for Advance CTE’s 2018 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of your students, instructors, faculty and partners at the national level. In its fifth year, this award honors innovative and high-impact programs across the 16 Career Clusters that prepare students for the real world.

Not only will your program be featured in the media and at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in the spring, you’ll also be contributing to a positive image of CTE programs. And, you’ll help show policymakers, employers and education leaders how CTE really is for all students and prepares them for a lifetime of college and career success. Applications are open to high schools and postsecondary institutions.

Apply starting Oct. 2 at: If you have questions, email Katie Fitzgerald:

Help is Only a Call, Email or Chat Away!

Everyone needs a little help now and then. Let the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline operators help you solve your problems. Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are on call from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday and Thursday. Call the hotline toll free: 844-875-4557.

Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at or chat with them online at the membership registration site.

Fall Leadership Conference

Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 9am-2:30pm

333 East Michigan Avenue

Lansing, MI

State Leadership and Skills Conference

Friday, April 20th 2018 at 12pm to Sunday, April 22nd 2018 at 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Grand Rapids, MI

National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 25th 2018 at 12pm to Saturday, June 30th 2018 at 12pm

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY